Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Make This: Frida Inspired Paper-mache Skull for Day of The Dead.

Paper-mache Skull for Day of The Dead.

I love Mod Podging with old book pages....they create such interesting textures and prints.  I usually pick up used paperbacks at my local thrift shop for under 50 cents.  My favorite are the old romance novels....they are so fun to read while you craft!  LOL.

This was designed for Plaid and was featured in our 2011 Halloween designs.  You can see our page at Plaid here.

{Gather This}For this project you will only need a few supplies.....

Paper-mache skull (this was from Michaels)
Old book pages (cut into small squares)
Mod Podge Gloss
Foam Paintbrush
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Hot Glue
Paper Flowers
Feather Trim
Sturdy Paper Box
Folkart Acrylic Paint - 661 Metallic Sequin Black
Folkart Acrylic Paint – 2578 Leaf Green

  Coat the back and front of the book pages with Mod Podge, position onto the skull, smooth any air bubbles with your finger and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Continue adding more papers until the entire skull is covered.  Allow to Dry.  
  Cut a strip of lace to be the veil. Gather the lace with your fingers and attach using hot glue.  Be sure to wear Hot Glue Gun Helpers so you don't burn your finger. 
Hot glue feathers, flowers and other embellishments.  {{see the broken earring glued to the side?}} You can embellish the skull with almost anything that fits the theme.
Texture the top of the box by thickly applying random pounces of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.

Dip the foam paintbrush into leaf green paint, tap off the excess and tap onto the top of the box in a distressed fashion.  
 Paint the base of the box with a foam paintbrush and black paint.   
  Hot glue the skull to the top of the box. Add more flowers and feathers around the base of the skull.  


  1. How fun! Thanks so much for all the instructions ~ you did a super job. Love the colors!


  2. Thanks, Gypsy Heart! We had a lot of fun making this design. :)


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